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  • Thursday, September 15, 2022 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nine TOHG kayakers enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and variable breeze to paddle two miles on the Ipswich River from the Foote Brothers kayak rental  location. There was a lot of chatting and catching up along the way.  Four of us went to the Ipswich Clam Box afterwards for a lunch of fried clams and fish.  A great day.

    Meredith P

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ines, Alan, Larry, Pat, Kate, Robin, Laurie, Marco, Janis, Dan, Sue
    Behind the camera Miriam, missing David and Jackie

    A total of 14 cyclists completed the East Bay Bike Path, with headwind on the way to Colt State Park, which kept us cool in spite of the heat. 

    Everyone enjoyed the pause at Colt State Park with lunch, conversations, and the obligatory group photo.

    After lunch, we cycled over less traveled  paths dedicated to cycling and walking through the park, past the Coggeshall Farm Museum, which unfortunately was closed. The rest of the way back we had wonderful tailwind which helped us get to our final destination: Dari Bee ice cream shop in Riverside, RI.

    Ines A

  • Thursday, August 25, 2022 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Daniel, Ilene, Maureen, Sandy, Pat, Larry, Toby, Jill, Dotty.
    Miriam in the first picture, far left, could not join us for lunch.

    What better way to spend a hot, sunny, summer day than on the water in a kayak!  Eleven gang members met at Nantasket Kayak in Hull and paddled the entire length of the Weir River, passing the windmill and an osprey nest, to the end and back.  
    While paddling up the river we encountered a fisherman whose line was in our path. We changed course to avoid his line. He thanked us and Ilene shouted “we’re bringing you good luck”. Just then, there was a tug on his line and we watched as he pulled in a 2 foot striper. Amazing timing!
    Following the paddle everyone gathered at Pat's home for a luncheon in my back yard under the gazebo.  Long time member, Toby had several good stories to tell creating great camaraderie among the gang.

    Pat G

  • Thursday, August 18, 2022 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Joan, Marco, Ines, Daryl, Linda, Elaine, Joe, Eileen, Maureen, and Barbara

    For some of the group, the Cape Cod Canal Cruise was a trip down memory lane—a two-hour boat ride on the HyLine Cruise ship. Four of us from Foxboro arrived early and enjoyed walking around the town and getting in a little lunch before the cruise.

    The remaining six members of the “Gang” met us at the Onset ticket office before sailing. We were blessed with a #10 day to enjoy the Canal and the narration of its history. When we returned, we enjoyed various repasts, although ice cream was a favorite!

    Joan S

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dori, Kathy, Lainie, Meredith, Karen, and Jan (with Jane behind the camera).

    A group of seven TOHG members spent an enjoyable morning in Westford, MA at The Butterfly Place, where we mingled with many different types of butterflies flying around the atrium. Several landed on us and one on Kathy didn’t want to leave. We had to shoo it away!

    Before going into the atrium, we also watched a 15-minute video telling us about the life cycles and metamorphosis of butterflies. They are truly magnificent, beautiful creatures, part of nature’s wonders. Such a variety of colors and fascinating patterns!

    After spending about an hour admiring them and taking lots of pictures, we went to the Westford 99 Restaurant for a tasty lunch together with Chris B also joining us.

    Jane P

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beverly, Polly, Deb, Carole, Nancy, Pam, Barbara, Judy, and Anne.

    The North Mystery Group visited the Service Dog Project (SDP) in Ipswich, MA. Our tour guide, Dez, introduced us to several of the 30+ dogs currently in training to assist the disabled population. SDP has trained and donated 190 certified Great Dane service dogs to people who have difficulty with their mobility and balance.

    Visit them online for a heartwarming story of one woman’s dream to help the disabled.

    Beverly C and Maryann D

  • Saturday, August 06, 2022 11:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ride through Boston was wonderful, actually the best ever.  It cooled off, there was enough wind to beat the heat. About 100 participants, including a bike with a large dog in a wheeled basket and a 12 year-old.

    Hal S.

    Sunrise from Castle Island

  • Thursday, August 04, 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Larry, guests Irene, Bill and Cyndi, Sandy, Arlene

    Ten people kayaked first on the Pocasset River and then on Buzzards Bay, on Cape Cod. On the Pocasset River, we saw a group of 8 swans. At Buzzards Bay, after paddling on a hot day, we went for a refreshing swim.

    There was a breeze on the water which gave a cooling effect so we didn't feel the heat. It wasn't as hot as people thought it would be.

    Two ladies who had to return kayaks left the swimming beach early to make it back to the put-in. However, they missed the turn off to the Pocasset River from Buzzards Bay. They eventually turned around but had a good workout getting back.

    It was a fun trip, a good workout, and a very scenic trip, both along the river and the bay.

    Sandy S

    Hyman and Jill (missing form the photos Maureen and Miriam)

  • Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ten of us met up at Salem Willows.  A storm passed by to the south and we had perfect weather.  Most people rented sit on top kayaks from Coast to Coast Paddle.  We tested our abilities against the wind, waves, and salt water and headed off along the rocky coast line.  There were charming views of quaint and large oceanside homes along Salem Neck.  There were views of cormorants resting on small islands of granite rock.  We made it as far as the Salem lighthouse and then started back. 
    Afterwards the group headed to the Clam Shack except Pat who got a chop suey sandwich from the same place where her mother once purchased this specialty.  A good time was had by Anne, Barb, Betsy, Jill, Gail, Judy, Ken, Kimberly, Miriam, and Pat.   

    Anne W.

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Elizabeth B, Barbara B, Susan R, Larry R, Meredith P, Jan G, Robert R, Helgard K. and behind the camera, Tim J

    We got lucky and had a cool, dry day. Well, it was 78 degrees…but better than 100!

    Nine TOHG members met at the trailhead near York, ME for a short but refreshing hike up to the top of Mt. Agamenticus. Along the way, we passed many wild huckleberry bushes which were loaded with ripe berries. A few brave folks treated themselves to the fresh berries. We climbed up the trail which was only moderately steep but had the common New England assortment of rocks, roots, and granite slabs.

    At the summit of Mt A we had great 360 views from the outlook decks which included some information describing the landscape and identifying the mountains and landmarks. Among the things we could see were the Nubble Lighthouse, the Presidentials, and Cape Ann. We also saw remnants of the old ski lift and a couple of people regaled us with their ski experience from a few years back. 

    We hiked down the Ring Trail loop through the woods back to the parking lot. We passed several other hikers along the way as it seems this is a popular spot to walk the dog and get some exercise. We ended up hiking nearly 2 miles round trip.

    After we cooled off a bit, we drove to the nearby Stonewall Inn for lunch. We enjoyed their large selection of deli lunch items. And the attached Stonewall store was a bonus. There for sale were the many jams and jellies that are made on the site (with many available for tasting) and lots of other baking ingredients.

    Elizabeth B.

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